There will be two Ordinariate Masses for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus this year. The first, a Sung Mass, will be on Thursday evening (14 June) at 6.30pm, the time of our usual Thursday Mass. The second will be a said Mass in Latin (Ordinary Form) on the Friday itself (15 June). Both are at Holy Rood and, as usual, all are most welcome. Refreshments are available following Thursday’s Mass.
Fr Daniel Lloyd writes…
We were delighted not only to have Josquin’s Missa Pange lingua sung by the Newman Consort for Corpus Christi this year, and to have a good turn-out of our regular faithful, but especially to be able to welcome members of the Brazilian community who worship at Holy Rood for our procession and Benediction following the Mass. The Ordinariate was also well represented at Oxford’s annual Corpus Christi procession, which took us through the streets from the Oratory, via Blackfriars, to the Catholic Chaplaincy. I was in Rome last year for the feast, and walked in the Holy Father’s procession from St John Lateran to St Mary Major. That was quite amazing, but Oxford’s own procession is a peaceful and joyful occasion, with something of its own that’s very special about it. I can also report that, unlike in Rome, Oxford’s clergy sing the harmonies of the hymns used during the procession.
We all also look forward to the ordination of John Hunwicke at the Oxford Oratory, on Wednesday 27 June (St Cyril of Alexandria, B, D) at 7pm. The Newman Consort will sing part of Palestrina’s Missa Papae Marcelli. Please continue to keep him, his family, and all of us in your prayers.
Our main Mass continues to be the Sung Mass on Saturday evening at 6pm, preceded by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 5.30pm. We have also settled well into our routine of daily Mass. Our weekday Masses, which last a little under half an hour, are celebrated at the times given on the Mass Times and Contacts page above. At Holy Rood, they’re said ad orientem, normally at the side-altar above which is placed the Crucifix (of the school of Eric Gill) from which Canon Crozier, the church’s builder, took the inspiration for its dedication. Our usual practice is to use the Roman Canon (Eucharistic Prayer I), and the RSV: Second Catholic Edition lectionary, and there is usually a brief homily each day during the week. On Fridays, Mass is said in Latin (in the Ordinary Form). The readings and homily are in English, however… Confessions are usually available on request, either before or after Mass. We are extremely fortunate in the assistance we receive from members of the Diocesan parish, who frequently read or serve at the daily Mass.
On Wednesdays, priests of the Ordinariate usually say the 10am Mass at the Oxford Oratory, which reminds us of where we began our catechesis in Lent 2011, and which is an important link with the Archdiocese of Birmingham. Holy Rood’s morning Masses on Wednesdays and Saturdays are parish Masses, but may be covered by the Ordinariate’s clergy as needed.
We are always happy to see new faces, so do visit us if you’re in Oxford. Pray for us, as we pray for all our family, friends and benefactors!